The Letters of Hildegard of Bingen

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Overview

This is the third and final volume of the complete annotated correspondence of the extraordinary nun, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). One of the most remarkable women of her day, Hildegard was, for more than 30 years, an unflinching advisor and correspondent of all levels of church and society, from popes and kings to ordinary lay persons, from Jerusalem to England. This present volume (letters 218-390) is noteworthy for its large collection of letters to a non-ecclesiastical audience, and because it contains letters not just to such high-ranking notables as Frederick Barbarossa, King Henry II of England, or Eleanor or Acquitaine, but also to common, ordinary individuals of no importance whatsoever, save that they received a letter from Hildegard of Bingen. Addressing matters as diverse as the "humors" and their relation to health and salvation, the fate of departed souls, the frequency and horror of homicide in her age, a means of exorcising malignant spirits, an effective kind of incantation to alleviate nightmares, the proper attitude and response to the fact of excommunication, and male infidelity in marriage, Hildegard provides a unique view of the twelfth century world. Here also are found compositions in epistolary style that are actually sermons, mediations, prayers, or treatises on a wide range of theological topics, such as prophecy, celebration of the Mass, the Lord's Prayer, the creation, and the fall of Adam. Like previous volumes, the translation follows the most recent definitive Latin text, in which the letters are organized according to the rank and station of Hildegard's correspondents.

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Baird and Ehrman's translation is at once accurate and smooth, rendering Hildegard's Latin in an English style as idiomatic as her quirky language permits...This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to sample the writings of this great monastic in small doses before dipping into her formidable visionary tomes.
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Baird and Ehrman's translation is at once accurate and smooth, rendering Hildegard's Latin in an English style as idiomatic as her quirky language permits...This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to sample the writings of this great monastic in small doses before dipping into her formidable visionary tomes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195168372
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph L. Baird is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Studies and Radd K. Ehrman is Associate Professor of Classics, both at Kent State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Letter 1 Hildegard to Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux 27
Letter 1r Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux to Hildegard 31
Letter 2 Hildegard to Pope Eugenius 32
Letter 3 Hildegard to Pope Eugenius 33
Letter 4 Pope Eugenius to Hildegard 34
Letter 5 Hildegard to Pope Eugenius 36
Letter 6 Hildegard to Pope Eugenius 37
Letter 7 Hildegard to Bernard and Gregory, Cardinals 39
Letter 8 Hildegard to Pope Anastasius 41
Letter 9 Hildegard to Pope Hadrian 44
Letter 10 Hildegard to Pope Alexander III 45
Letter 10r Pope Alexander III to Wezelinus 46
Letter 11 Hildegard to Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremen 47
Letter 12 Hildegard to Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremen 48
Letter 13 Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremen, to Hildegard 49
Letter 13r Hildegard to Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremen 51
Letter 14 Arnold, Archbishop of Cologne, to Hildegard 52
Letter 14r Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Cologne 53
Letter 15 Dean Philip and the Clerics of Cologne to Hildegard 53
Letter 15r Hildegard to the Shepherds of the Church 54
Letter 16 Philip, Archbishop of Cologne, to Hildegard 65
Letter 16r Hildegard to Philip, Archbishop of Cologne 66
Letter 17 Hildegard to Philip, Archbishop of Cologne 68
Letter 18 Heinrich, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegard 69
Letter 18r Hildegard to Heinrich, Archbishop of Mainz 70
Letter 19 Hildegard to Heinrich, Archbishop of Mainz 71
Letter 20 Arnold, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegard 71
Letter 20r Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Mainz 72
Letter 21 Hildegard to Conrad, Archbishop of Mainz 73
Letter 22 Conrad, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegard 74
Letter 22r Hildegard to Conrad, Archbishop of Mainz 75
Letter 23 Hildegard to the prelates at Mainz 76
Letter 24 Hildegard to Christian, Archbishop of Mainz 80
Letter 24r Christian, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegard 82
Letter 25 Eberhard, Archbishop of Salzburg, to Hildegard 84
Letter 25r Hildegard to Eberhard, Archbishop of Salzburg 85
Letter 26 Hillinus, Archbishop of Trier, to Hildegard 86
Letter 26r Hildegard to Hillinus, Archbishop of Trier 88
Letter 27 Arnold, Archbishop of Trier, to Hildegard 89
Letter 27r Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Trier 90
Letter 28 Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Trier 92
Letter 29 Arnold, Superior of St. Andrew in Cologne, to Hildegard 93
Letter 30 Hildegard to Eberhard, Bishop of Bamberg 93
Letter 31 Eberhard, Bishop of Bamberg, to Hildegard 94
Letter 31r Hildegard to Eberhard, Bishop of Bamberg 95
Letter 32 Henry, Bishop of Beauvais, to Hildegard 99
Letter 32r Hildegard to Henry, Bishop of Beauvais 100
Letter 33 Hildegard to Gero, Bishop of Halberstadt 100
Letter 34 Amalricus, Bishop of Jerusalem, to Hildegard 101
Letter 35 Hermann, Bishop of Constance, to Hildegard 102
Letter 35r Hildegard to Hermann, Bishop of Constance 103
Letter 36 Hildegard to Hermann, Bishop of Constance 104
Letter 37 Heinrich, Bishop of Liege, to Hildegard 104
Letter 37r Hildegard to Heinrich, Bishop of Liege 105
Letter 38 Daniel, Bishop of Prague, to Hildegard 106
Letter 38r Hildegard to Daniel, Bishop of Prague 107
Letter 39 Odo of Soissons to Hildegard 108
Letter 39r Hildegard to Odo of Soissons 109
Letter 40 Odo of Soissons to Hildegard 109
Letter 40r Hildegard to Odo of Paris 111
Letter 41 Gunther, Bishop of Speyer, to Hildegard 112
Letter 41r Hildegard to Gunther, Bishop of Speyer 113
Letter 42 Hildegard to Godfrey, Bishop of Utrecht 114
Letter 43 Godfrey, Bishop of Utrecht, to Hildegard 115
Letter 43r Hildegard to Godfrey, Bishop of Utrecht 116
Letter 44 Adelbert, Bishop of Verdun, to Hildegard 117
Letter 45 Conrad, Bishop of Worms, to Hildegard 117
Letter 45r Hildegard to Conrad, Bishop of Worms 118
Letter 46 Hildegard to Abbot Wolfard 119
Letter 47 Hildegard to Prior Frederick 120
Letter 48 Godfrey the Monk to Hildegard 120
Letter 48r Hildegard to the Monk Godfrey 121
Letter 49 An Abbess to Hildegard 122
Letter 49r Hildegard to the Abbess 123
Letter 50 Abbess Sophia to Hildegard 123
Letter 50r Hildegard to the Abbess Sophia 124
Letter 51 Certain Monks to Hildegard 125
Letter 52 Mistress Tengswich to Hildegard 127
Letter 52r Hildegard to the Congregation of Nuns 128
Letter 53 Canon Udalric to Hildegard 130
Letter 53r Hildegard to Canon Udalric 131
Letter 54 Hildegard to Provost Andrew 131
Letter 55 An Abbot to Hildegard 132
Letter 55r Hildegard to the Abbot 133
Letter 56 Hildegard to an Abbot 134
Letter 57 Hildegard to an Abbot 134
Letter 58 Hildegard to Prior Dimo 136
Letter 59 Hildegard to the Congregation of Monks 137
Letter 60 An Abbot to Hildegard 139
Letter 61 An Abbess to Hildegard 139
Letter 61r Hildegard to the Abbess 140
Letter 62 Gertrude, a Nun, to Hildegard 141
Letter 62r Hildegard to the Nun Gertrude 142
Letter 63 Hildegard to the Congregation of Nuns 143
Letter 64 Hildegard to Abbess Richardis 143
Letter 65 Hildegard to a Certain Monk 144
Letter 66 A Certain Superior to Hildegard 145
Letter 66r Hildegard to the Superior 145
Letter 67 Hildegard to the Priest Berthold 146
Letter 68 Abbot Gedolphus to Hildegard 147
Letter 68r Hildegard to Abbot Gedolphus 148
Letter 69 Gedolphus to Hildegard 151
Letter 70 Five Abbots to Hildegard 152
Letter 70r Hildegard to the Five Abbots 153
Letter 71 Hildegard to an Abbot 155
Letter 72 The Abbot to Hildegard 156
Letter 72r Hildegard to the Abbot 157
Letter 73 Hildegard to the Congregation of Nuns 157
Letter 74 Abbot Kuno to Hildegard 158
Letter 74r Hildegard to Abbot Kuno 159
Letter 75 Hildegard to the Abbot 162
Letter 76 Abbot Helengerus to Hildegard 163
Letter 76r Hildegard to Abbot Helengerus 164
Letter 77 Abbot Helengerus to Hildegard 165
Letter 77r Hildegard to Abbot Helengerus 166
Letter 78 Prior Adelbert to Hildegard 172
Letter 78r Hildegard to the Congregation of Monks 173
Letter 79 Hildegard to a Certain Monk 176
Letter 80 Morard, Monk, to Hildegard 176
Letter 80r Hildegard to the Monk Morard 177
Letter 81 Hildegard to the Abbot Ruthard 178
Letter 82 Abbot Eberhard to Hildegard 179
Letter 83 The Congregation of Monks to Hildegard 180
Letter 83r Hildegard to the Congregation of Monks 180
Letter 84 A Prior to Hildegard 181
Letter 84r Hildegard to the Prior 183
Letter 85 Abbot Adam to Hildegard 191
Letter 85r/a Hildegard to Abbot Adam 192
Letter 85r/b Hildegard to Adam, the Abbot 195
Letter 86 Hildegard to Adam, Abbot 196
Letter 87 A Certain Monk to Hildegard 197
Letter 87r/a Hildegard to the Secretary 198
Letter 87r/b Hildegard to the Secretary 199
Letter 88 Hildegard to a Hospitaler 199
Letter 89 Hildegard to Rudeger, the Monk 200
Letter 90 Hildegard to a Certain Monk 201
Endnotes 203
Bibliography 217
Scripture Index 221
General Index 223
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